Cardinals embrace the Fenway Park mystique

Cardinals embrace the Fenway Park mystique

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BOSTON, MA - APRIL 20: The Green Monster is seen before the game between the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox on April 20, 2012 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. Today marks the 100 year anniversary of the ball park's opening. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

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by Baseball StL Staff

KMOV.com

Posted on October 21, 2013 at 3:49 PM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 22 at 7:05 AM

 (BaseballStL) -- Fenway Park in Boston is the heart of the city’s baseball heritage. Generations of Red Sox fans have watched classic contests at the old ball yard since 1912.  When the Cardinals take on the Sox in Game One of the World Series on Wednesday night, the Redbirds will play in one of baseball’s historic stadiums.

Fenway has been described in many different ways over the years, depending on your perspective. Red Sox fans call it cozy, while out-of-towners call it cramped. The 37 foot high “Green Monster” has both given, and taken away homeruns for decades. There are nooks and crannies that frustrate outfielders. However, the Cardinals are embracing the history and mystique of Fenway Park. “I’ve never really been there, “said 1st baseman Matt Adams. “ I hear its old, kind of like Wrigley. But it’s going to be a fun atmosphere to play in front of.”

Cards right-hander Chris Carpenter grew up as a Red Sox fan in Manchester, New Hampshire, about 45 minutes north of Boston. “It’s just a great experience. They have great fans just like we do, and they love baseball just like our city does. Its going to be a great matchup and a great challenge.

Over the years, hitters have talked about how they changed their hitting styles because of the Monster in left. “We try to take the same approach no matter what field we’re playing on,” said Cards hitting Coach John Mabry. “Obviously, dimensions come into play with general field awareness. But no, you don’t change your approach.

Cards rookie pitcher Michael Wacha pitched in Fenway as a member of Team USA, while he was in college at Texas A&M. “I just sat in the bullpen. I didn’t pitch, “said Wacha. “It’s unbelievable. Just the history. I mean its Fenway. It’s an amazing ballpark. I’m just looking forward to playing there.”

 

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